Excerpt from The Department of State Bulletin, Vol. 4: January 4-June 28, 1941; Numbers 80-105
This is not a fireside chat on war. It is a talk on national security; because the nub of the whole purpose Of your President is to keep you now, and your children later, and your grand children much later, out of a last-ditch war for the preservation of American independence and all of the things that American independence means to you and to me and to ours.
Tonight, in the presence of a world crisis, my mind goes back eight years ago to a night in the midst of a domestic crisis. It was a time when the wheels of American industry were grinding to a full stop, when the whole banking system of our country had ceased to function.
I well remember that while I sat in my study in the White House, preparing to talk with the people of the United States, I. Had before my eyes the picture of all those Americans with whom I was talking. I saw the workmen in the mills, the mines, the factories; the girl be hind the counter; the small shopkeeper; the farmer doing his spring plowing; the widows and the Old men wondering about their life's savings.
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